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8:40 PM ET, August 31, 2010

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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Humility and Honesty About Iraq Can Inspire Trust  —  Later today, President Obama will speak to the American people about Iraq.  No doubt he will laud the “end of major combat operations” by the date he randomly selected some 18 months ago.  His press secretary Robert Gibbs also gave us …
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Oval Office gets a makeover  —  While President Obama was on vacation, his West Wing office got a bit of a face lift, complete with a new rug, fresh wallpaper and paint, and new furniture — all done at no taxpayer expense, the White House says.  —  Details of the renovation were released to the pool reporter this morning.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:
A New Look for the Oval Office  —  The Oval Office has gotten a makeover.  —  When President Obama addresses the nation on Iraq on Tuesday night, he will do so from newly redecorated digs.  The look, which includes new and reupholstered furniture and new paint and wallpaper …
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Gibbs vs. the Historical Record
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Obama thanks troops, looks to Afghanistan
Discussion: CNN, The Swamp and The Note
Publius / Big Government:
Joe Miller Set to Win Alaska Senate Primary  —  Sources in Alaska have informed Big Government that the trend in the count of absentee ballots makes it virtually impossible that Sen. Murkowski will overtake Joe Miller in the GOP Senate Primary.  A trusted and well-placed operative told BG:
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Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Counting of absentee ballots begins  —  From Sean Cockerham at the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage —  Joe Miller's lead over Lisa Murkowski just grew slighly with absentee and questioned ballots from the Mat-Su.  —  Miller now leads Mukowski by 1,460 votes.
CNN:
Murkowski could concede Alaska GOP race as early as Tuesday  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is currently trailing political newcomer Joe Miller in the race for the Alaska GOP Senate nomination.  —  Anchorage, Alaska (CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski could concede the GOP Senate primary as early …
Discussion: The Fix and Hot Air
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
ALASKA SENATE COUNTDOWN TODAY UPDATE: MURKOWSKI TO CONCEDE?  UPDATE: Miller Margin Now 1,292 Votes With Absentees From Districts 13-16 UPDATE: Miller Campaign Spokesman Expects ‘Good Day at the End of the Day’  —  UPDATE 8 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local) — Dan Riehl and Big Government were first to break this …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Lisa Murkowski Faces Her Fate
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Democrats' New Normal  —  I don't usually like to comment on individual polls.  Most of the time, when a poll produces an “unusual” result, it simply reflects random noise and the best advice is to wait for the next edition of the poll to come along, when more often than not it will revert to its previous position.
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Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Health Care Reform Has Endangered the Democratic Majority  —  This Politico piece by Jim VandeHei, Alex Isenstadt, and Mike Allen got a lot of play last week: … There is no mention of health care reform in this piece.  The economy is referenced several times.  So is the President's inability to control the narrative.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republican leads Senate race in Pennsylvania  —  (Reuters) - Republican Pat Toomey has opened a 10-point lead over Democrat Joe Sestak among likely voters in a Senate race in Pennsylvania dominated by economic worries, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Health Care Bill Nobody Wants to Talk About
Discussion: Weigel and National Review
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” Rally Crowd Estimate Explained  —  As part of our coverage of Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor” rally Saturday, CBS News commissioned the company AirPhotosLive.com to offer an independent estimate of how many people showed up for the event.
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Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Glenn Beck may be unlikely leader for conservative Christians  —  A few weeks before organizing a massive rally on the Mall that had the feel of a religious revival, Glenn Beck sought the blessing of some of the country's most prominent conservative Christian leaders.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Glenn Beck Is Not Malcolm X.
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Meghan McCain Writes that Palin Brought ‘Drama, Stress ... Panic’ to Campaign  —  Sen. John McCain's Daughter: Sarah Palin's Rise Was ‘Too Fast,’ ‘Too Easy’  —  For the first time since the end of her father's 2008 presidential bid, Meghan McCain, Sen. John McCain's daughter …
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ABCNEWS:
EXCERPT: Meghan McCain's ‘Dirty Sexy Politics’
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
President Obama's Oval Office speech on Iraq — text  —  Oval Office Remarks by President Obama, as provided by the White House  —  Good evening.  Tonight, I'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in Iraq, the ongoing security challenges we face, and the need to rebuild our nation here at home.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President to declare it's time to ‘turn the page’ on the war in Iraq
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Why Wall St. Is Deserting Obama  —  Daniel S. Loeb, the hedge fund manager, was one of Barack Obama's biggest backers in the 2008 presidential campaign.  —  A registered Democrat, Mr. Loeb has given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats.
Joan McCarter / Daily Kos:
Simpson to disabled vets: You cost too much  —  Fresh off of being forgiven by the White House, Simpson has a new target. … Just like the irony of millions of Americans paying into Social Security on the promise that they would receive benefits back, while the rich get off the hook …
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Aging vets' costs concern Obama's deficit co-chair
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Busted!  Fox's Carlson Catches Gibbs In A Naked Lie—Asks 6 Times If Obama Will Credit Bush Tonight  —  Gibbs's lie was so deep, I had to freeze frame so you could see exactly what Obama said about the surge in 2007.  He's one smug, flippant jerk too.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Blast
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Support for Health Care Overhaul Falls  —  Kaiser Family Foundation Finds That 45 Percent Have an Unfavorable Opinion of the Law  —  Fewer than half of Americans have a favorable view of the health care measures that President Obama signed into law in March, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey released today.
Discussion: CNN, The Camp Of The Saints and Hot Air
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The Note:
Obama Health Secretary: 'We've Got a Lot of Reeducation to Do'
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Previewing Ohio  —  We'll start rolling out our Ohio poll results tomorrow but there's one finding on the poll that pretty much sums it up: by a 50-42 margin voters there say they'd rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.  —  Independents hold that view …
The Huffington Post:
Poll: Majority Of GOP Believes Obama Sympathizes With Islamic Fundamentalism, Wants Worldwide Islamic Law  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A majority of Republicans believe that President Barack Obama “sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
What Palin Did Friday Night  —  Where was Sarah Palin last Friday night, before coming to Washington to speak at the Glenn Beck gathering Saturday?  —  She was a guest speaker at a Jewish “Shabbaton”—a Sabbath gathering for prayer, meals, songs, study and conversation—in Hershey …
Paul Krugman:
Brother, Can You Paradigm?  —  A few months back one of my original mentors in economics — someone who got his graduate training in the pre-fresh-water era — asked me whether there was anything about the current crisis that required fundamentally new analysis.  We agreed that there wasn't.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
HALPERIN'S TAKE: Pawlenty's Efforts to “Limit” ObamaCare in Minnesota  —  This is a classic Pawlenty move that combines....  ...governing principle with clever 2012 positioning.  Leaving aside now the substantive merits of the Minnesota governor's executive order, barring some huge development …
Steve / stevenschale.com:
Sorry Charlie  —  Charlie Crist will not be Florida's next United States Senator.  —  In a year where most predictions are downright silly, I am very confident in that one.  When Kendrick Meek won last Tuesday, with his victory went Charlie Crist's chances.  Democrats who want to beat Marco Rubio should jump on the Meek train.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
9/11 victims' families group opposes anniversary mosque rallies  —  The rally set for the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11 against the Ground Zero-area mosque, which is being organized by conservative blogger Pamela Geller, is drawing opposition from a key 9/11 victims' families group that is asking …
Discussion: Think Progress and Atlas Shrugs
Levi Pulkkinen / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Charge: Seattle man attacked shopkeeper, calls victim a terrorist  —  A 35-year-old Seattle man is facing assault and hate crime charges following allegations that he accosted a clerk at a Queen Anne convenience store.  —  According to police, Brock Stainbrook derided the man as being a terrorist during the Tuesday morning incident.
Jerusalem Post:
Four killed as terrorists open fire near Kiryat Arba  —  Victims, shot while driving, include 2 men, 2 women, one reportedly pregnant; attack comes before Netanyahu and Abbas set to meet in Washington for peace talks.  —  Talkbacks (1)  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel
 
 
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